Forty-four Australian engineers and designers have begun work on a 3D digital model course looking at electricity, structural and outfitting design activities to develop a naval design capability for complex ships.
Under the course, designers from South Australian companies ASC and Cornell Design, as well as Victorian firm Invenio, will work alongside SEA 5000 bidder Navantia as part of its efforts to grow Australian industrial capability.
Navantia Australia managing director Donato Martinez said the training in 3D modelling is one of the critical digital skills needed to grown Australia's defence industry.
"For the future growth of Australian defence industry, it is vital that we grow digital workforce skills, particularly in design, 3D modelling, and development of the digital twin," Martinez said.
"The training we are undertaking is an important part of the transfer of design technology and tools to Australia as part of building local design capability in our role as design manager of the Hobart Class."
The Navantia Australia training program will teach trainees to use the FORAN digital design software. FORAN is a fundamental tool used to create the 3D models and the digital twin, or ship zero, used in design and build phases. Navantia said, through the use of FORAN, integrated with its business management system, it is able to reduce costs and improve productivity in the design and construction of vessels.
"The program will provide the skills required for the future workforce to work on complex and highly-skilled naval projects," said Martinez.
"We are proud to be working with local companies to upskill the future workforce and help build a thriving advanced manufacturing industry in Australia centred on continuous naval shipbuilding. This training program is a first for Navantia Australia and will involve both formal and workplace training components, representing a significant investment in developing the workforce capability."
The training program will run over six months.